Review: Jon Voight and Liev Schreiber Do Battle On Showtime’s Ray Donovan



Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) is a fixer.  He’s the guy a celeb calls when they are getting stalked, wake up with a dead one-night-stand in their bed, or have a transgendered hooker attempting to blackmail them.  The most powerful athletes, actors, musicians, and lawyers of Los Angeles depend on Ray.
 
While Ray’s got his work life handled, his personal life is another story.  He is the patriarch of a family of Boston transplants living in Hollywood.  Ray’s disgruntled wife, Abby (Paula Malcomson), wants to move to a nicer neighborhood, so their two teenagers’ can attend better schools.

His brother, Terry (Eddie Marsan), is a former boxer now suffering from Parkinson’s. Ray's other brother, Bunchy (Dash Mihok), is a broken man who has never recovered from being molested as a child by a priest.  Meanwhile, the suicide of their teenage sister, Bernadette, years previously still hangs over their heads.  Also, there’s the secret biracial half-brother, Daryll (Pooch Hall), he just found out about. Daryll is an aspiring boxer/rapper. 
 
Still, Ray made juggling business and home somehow work.  However, when his former mob-affiliated father, Mickey (Jon Voight), unexpectedly gets out of prison five years early on a 25-year sentence, Ray starts unraveling. 
 
A self-proclaimed “terrible father,” Ray blames his dad for everything bad that’s happened to his family, and he’ll do anything to keep him away from them.  This conflicts with Mickey’s agenda, which he claims is to start anew with his family. 
 
Truthfully, what Mickey really wants is revenge on the people who sent him to prison for 20 years on a frame job: Ray and his associates.

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